Let’s Celebrate Mother’s Day – The English Way!

Angie Horky specializes in unique tabletops for parties. These beautiful china cups help create an inviting tabletop.

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in England is with a delicious afternoon tea. But, have you ever wondered how this tradition began and why it is called English Afternoon Tea, (sometimes known as High Tea

in the USA)?

Being born and raised in the UK, I’m very proud of the fact that the custom of taking Afternoon Tea originated here in England around 1840 by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford.

In those days, the wealthy upper classes were served lunch at midday, and dinner was served at 8 p.m. Anna decided the lengthy time in between meals was too long to wait, and she invariably became a little peckish. So one day, she asked her maid to bring a selection of savoury and sweet treats with her usual pot of Darjeeling tea up to her parlour.

This soon became a daily ritual, and the light refreshments became more and more elaborate. Anna decided rather than enjoy this treat on her own, she would invite her close friend, Queen Victoria to join her.

Well, she didn’t stop there! She decided to invite a few of her socialite friends to take tea with her most days at 4 p.m. and before long, her friends began hosting tea parties, too. And so, a new social event was born – English Afternoon Tea! And to this day, English Afternoon Tea is served in local tea rooms and in the most famous hotels around the world, usually at around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.

The traditional menu enjoyed nowadays still remains the same as it was in Victorian times.

Usually presented on a three-tier cake stand with a selection of dainty sandwiches (including, of course, thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches) on the bottom tier, scones served with clotted cream and fruit preserves placed on the middle tier, and topped by a choice of cakes and pastries on the top tier. And, a selection of fine teas is always included.

If you are planning to host a tea party on Mother’s Day and would like some inspiration and ideas for creating a stunning tables-cape or suggestions for your menu, I would be delighted to help.

I’m a home stylist with a love of entertaining at home. If you would like me to share my passion, tips, and tricks for celebrating your next special occasion in style, please join my Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/wishuponastyle/ Here is the link to my YouTube channel, https://youtube.com/channel/UCga6GmwiVRopOB29DNnA5mA – both are absolutely free to join.

I can also be found on Instagram at Tablescape Tales and The Glittering Teapot. And finally, whomever you are remembering, or celebrating with on Sunday, May 8, I wish you all a wonderful day!

By Angie Horky

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